Dear DSDI Members,
What a change this year in Philadelphia as we celebrated together! Last year only one DSDI member was allowed to tap our Liberty Bell on July 4. This year, there were public lines waiting to get into the Liberty Bell pavilion, but we did not see a huge crowd all around the area as we have had in the past. We were missing some of our members but did enjoy each other. It was an honor for DSDI to be present at the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall’s Long Gallery. Once our annual meeting was done, I stood in the room where our ancestors signed their names on our Declaration of Independence. I always get a little teary there remembering what those 56 men said and did for us in that room in 1776.
Our obligation to meet together every year in Philadelphia is a part of our mission as we educate others about our ancestors. These days, part of our mission is difficult as we observe Signers’ names being removed at colleges, organizations, statues and buildings. We can object by phone calls, letters, emails and speak in meetings around the world. We can tell our children what our Signers did for us, and encourage them to remember their Signers. Yes, we can make a difference, particularly since we can do this together! We have much in common. Let’s continue to work together.
I’ve included my short speech below from the Liberty Bell celebration. To view the speeches and the tapping of Our Liberty Bell: https://fb.watch/v/1grAf_fwg/.
Fast forward for about 15 minutes and “Let Freedom Ring” will begin.
Can’t wait to see you all in Princeton in October!
Lucy Duke Tonacci
From the event
We much appreciate the invitation from the National Park Service and to work with the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution.
In early June 1776, my fourth great grandfather, Richard Henry Lee, stood up in Independence Hall, right behind me, and made a formal motion that it was time to separate from Great Britain. He said, “Resolved: That these united colonies are, and of right, ought to be, free and independent states.”
John Adams seconded that motion. Then there was a debate. There was concern. If those 56 men signed their names at the bottom of the Declaration of Independence, they might lose their lives, their family, their homes, everything they owned. But by July, they managed to work together–and stood together–to create our United States of America.
I honor these men. May we always remember what they did for us, and that we continue to support and defend this incredible country.